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 ​​​​PhD Health Sciences


 The goal of the PhD in Health Sciences (PhDCS) is to train PhD candidates in developing biomedical research on their own, in an academic setting, in a business setting or in healthcare institutions. It is targeted at Master holders in several areas of sciences, biomedicine, bioengineering and health technologies.

The PhDCS is a broad program with curricular flexibility that values not only previous training but also the diverse specialized paths in whichever biomedical area students choose.

The research projects are usually developed (even though it is not mandatory) within the research domains at the Life and Health Sciences Research Institute: Surgical Sciences, Neurosciences and Microbiology and Infection.

Applications are always open, as detailed in Access.

PhDCS has two study plans, one with three years (180 ECTS) and another with four years (240 ECTS). Both study plans include a common curricular unit, which corresponds to the design of the thesis (15 ECTS) that takes place during the first year. In the 180 ECTS study plan, the remaining 165 ECTS era totally devoted to developing the thesis. In the 240 ECTS study plan, the remaining 225 ECTS are dedicated to optional curricular units (45 ECTS) that may be selected from a wide range of choices, and to the thesis (180 ECTS) – which should be developed during the four years of the study plan.

 

PhDCS students enter the program usually with PhD scholarships from national or international funding agencies. There are two ways to obtain scholarships for this program: 1) through individual applications to national (namely the Portuguese national funding agency for science, research and technology, FCT) and international (often within Marie Curie programs) funding agencies; 2) through applications to a specific study plan that directly launches a call for applications [e.g. PhD in Applied Health Sciences, (240 ECTS), which has specific funding for 2015-2011 (applications in 2015/2016, 2016/2017, 2017/2018 and 2018/2019); or the PhD in Advanced Therapies for Health (240 ECTS) (more information here http://path.3bs.uminho.pt/)]. To apply to these grants check the procedures in Access.

The FCT PhD program in Applied Health Sciences (PhDiHES) is a partnership with several companies:

- EUROTRIALS, Consultores Científicos, S.A.

- BNML, Behavioral and Molecular Lab, Lda

- ENLIGHTNMENT, Lda

- iCognitus4ALL – IT Solutions, Lda

- iSurgical3D, Lda

- TMG - Tecidos Plastificados e Outros Revestimentos Para a Indústria Automóvel, S.A.

- José de Mello Saúde, S.A.

- Stemmatters – Biotecnologia e Medicina Regenerativa, S.A.

- BIAL Portela & Cª, S.A. 

 
PhDiHES is a part of the PhD in Health Sciences, although it has some particularities: all the curricular units need to take place in the first curricular year, students need to make a lab rotation in a business setting and the thesis project needs to be developed jointly with a company.

 
There are two ways of applying to the PhD in Health Sciences.

Spontaneous application

Always open.

1st step: contact nac@med.uminho.pt and send your CV; an interview will be scheduled with the director of the program;

2nd step: interview. During the interview a possible PhD project, advisors, and the methods are discussed. A formal PhD project is to be prepared and defended in front of a jury that includes members of the PhD program directive board.

3rd step: the PhD project is submitted for final approval by the Scientific Council of the Medical School.

 
Applications within specific calls for scholarships:

These applications take place whenever scholarships are available for this effect.

In these cases, the application must be completed following the guidelines and timing specified in the program's webpage at https://www.med.uminho.pt.

2016/2017

General


Academic degree:
  • Doctorate
ECTS:
240
Duration:
4 curricular years
Regime:
Normal
Place:
Gualtar Campus, Braga
Main Scientific area:
  • Health Sciences

Contacts


    School of Medicine
    Campus de Gualtar
    4710 - 057 Braga

    Tel: 253604832 Fax: 253604847
    E-Mail: nac@med.uminho.pt
    URL: https://www.med.uminho.pt

Description


This program is intended to prepare doctors in health sciences, ready to develop autonomously biomedical research, both in the academic and corporate environment or within health care institutions.
There are two paths in this doctoral program : one, 180 ECTS , which corresponds to the doctoral thesis project ; another 240 ECTS which includes besides thesis, a core curriculum optional courses (60 ECTS).
In 2014, FCT recognized the quality of the PhD with the allocation of nine annual grants under the FCT Program in Applied Health Sciences. This set of fellows designed specifically to doctoral projects developed in corporate environment and has the following partners : EUROTRIALS, Consultores Científicos, S.A. EUROTRIALS, Consultores Científicos, S.A.

- BNML, Behavioral and Molecular Lab, Lda
- ENLIGHTNMENT, Lda
- iCognitus4ALL – IT Solutions, Lda
- iSurgical3D, Lda
- TMG - Tecidos Plastificados e Outros Revestimentos Para a Indústria Automóvel, S.A
- José de Mello Saúde, S.A.
- Stemmatters – Biotecnologia e Medicina Regenerativa, S.A.
- BIAL Portela & Cª, S.A.

This PhD program takes place in the School of Health Sciences and in its associated research institute, the Life and Health Sciences Research Institute (ICVS), a research unit evaluated as Excellent by the international evaluation committee. Please consult the corresponding webpage for details: www.icvs.uminho.pt  

Access to higher education


The conclusion of this Doctoral degree allows the realization of research activity at post-doctoral level.

Access


12

Vacancies

0

Minimum

Access forms


Access to this cycle of studies requires an application to the Health Sciences School of the University of Minho.

STEP 1: contact the program secretariat (nac@ecsaude.uminho.pt) to manifest their interest and to schedule an interview with the program director;

STEP 2: send the requested documents and information to the program secretariat;

STEP 3: the course comission will evaluate the application and appoint an interview with the candidate.Approval by this committee precedes submission for evaluation at the scientific council.

Formal requirements


Candidates must fulfill one of the following requirements:

a) Holders of a master degree or legally equivalent qualification in the field of Sciences;
b) Holders of a higher education degree in the field of Sciences and a relevant academic or scientific curriculum acknowledged by the Scientific Council of the School of Health Sciences - University of Minho as ensuring capability to undertake this cycle of studies;
c) Holders of an academic, scientific or professional curriculum acknowledged by the Scientific Council of the School of Health Sciences - University of Minho as ensuring capability to undertake this cycle of studies.

Recommended requirements


Not applicable.

Application deadlines


Applications can be submitted any time throughout the year.
Submission of applications for the Health Sciences Program (applied) runs from April 26 to May 11, 2016.

Registration deadlines


Registration for the 1st year 
- 30 days after admission
 
Renewals registration
- In September each year

Aditional Information


Study Plan


Regime Curricular Unit Scientific Area ECTS
Year 1 15
S1 Preparation and Presentation of Thesis Plan CSD 15
Year 1 2 3 165
TA Thesis CSD 165

Assessment/Accreditation


A3ES Accreditation status:
Accredited
Resolution publication date:
26-11-2014
Registry number at Ministry:
R/A-Ef 2390/2011
Registry Date:
18-03-2011
Accreditation validity:
25-11-2020